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Passionate foodie, founder of Trinigourmet and Caribbean Lifestyle Maven. Author of "Glam By Request: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes"

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Floating Island/Île Flottant

Floating Island/Île Flottant
It’s time again for another Tuesdays with Dorie, and I’m starting to feel rather warm and nostalgic now towards my ‘recent’ acquisition. Although the sheer volume of Baking: From My Home to Yoursis intimidating (over 400 pages!), the style of writing, and step by step directions make each recipe approachable and almost effortless. This time around the assignment at hand was... 

Cranberries are not Street Food

Cranberries are not Street Food
Can I just say how glad I am to be back in the swing of things where posting is concerned? Life has settled into something resembling a routine which allows me to realistically integrate my posts into my daily life. As many of my longtime readers know however for much of last year this wasn’t the case, and this blog gathered more than its share of dust for weeks at a time. Although it may have... 

San Juan Croisee

San Juan Croisee
The San Juan Croisee From The Rough Guide to Trinidad & Tobago: The westernmost of a succession of communities that sprawl along the length of the Eastern Main Road, brash, commercial San Juan (pronounced sah-wah) avoids being a Port of Spain satellite by the skin of its teeth. The town’s focal point is the “croisee” (pronounced kwaysay), a bustling junction marked by the... 

Pepsi Billboard

Pepsi Billboard
Here in Trinidad, billboards for cellphone services and beverages often feature regional and local personages. This Pepsi billboard features Guyanese cricketer Ramnaresh Sarwan. Tweet  Read More →

Beet ‘Koolaid’ (recipe)

Beet 'Koolaid' (recipe)
Beets. You either love them or hate them. This vibrant, juicy root vegetable seems to polarize people whenever I bring them up for discussion. As a kid I grew up drinking (and loving beet juice), but as an adult I find myself less and less able to enjoy it in cooked form. And, Jason? Well he just can’t stand them. Not even in juice form This recent concoction really hit the spot for me, and... 

Creamy Broccoli Soup (recipe)

Creamy Broccoli Soup (recipe)
Another hearty soup that I prepared on a damp, rainy night. It’s so thick and creamy no one will believe it’s also dairy-free! And, I can imagine that if there are kids or adults out there who usually don’t like broccoli this is a great way to sneak it to them as well! Creamy Broccoli Soup Source: unknown Makes 6 servings INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 lbs. broccoli cut into small florets 1... 

How To Grow Your Own Bean Sprouts!

How To Grow Your Own Bean Sprouts!
Sprouted Lentils with Black Olives, drizzled with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and black olives. Simple and perfect. Fresh sprouts. There is nothing like them. They are crunchier, sweeter, more vibrant in flavour than anything you can buy on a supermarket shelf. Up until last month I never wondered too much how bean sprouts came about and figured it was too complicated a process for a home... 

Banana Basil Smoothie (recipe)

Banana Basil Smoothie (recipe)
Since mid-December I have spent my weekdays consuming mostly raw dishes and drinks. Smoothies in particular have become my staple breakfasts (and sometimes stand in for lunch and dinner as well!). They can be simple, just 2 or 3 ingredients, or elaborate, containing everything but the kitchen sink. This recipe for a Banana-Basil smoothie veers towards the simpler side of the spectrum which is why... 

Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread

Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread
“Decadence with a smile”, those were Jason’s first words when he first tasted this Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread. Following his example I also dug in and had to nod (or moan) my agreement. “It’s like something I’d actually buy!” I said, and coming from me that’s high praise indeed. Rich, coffee laced chocolate icing forms the perfect counterfoil... 

Black Bean Soup with Cilantro Pesto (recipe)

Black Bean Soup with Cilantro Pesto (recipe)
Without a doubt this is definitely one of the best bean soup recipes that I have tried. I have no idea where I got it from, it’s been floating in my recipe file for more than a few years. One of the reasons why I think I avoided it was because parts of the instructions seemed off putting to me. For example, cooking the beans in PLAIN water or 90 minutes seemed totally UGH! However that is all... 

Trinidad Saheena (recipe)

Trinidad Saheena (recipe)
I made these traditional Indo-Trinidadian appetizers last year as part of my Eid menu. Chopped spinach stirred into a splitpea flour base and then fried, delish! I prefer mine relatively light , especially when fresh out of the oil, but some make theirs denser. The final result will depend on how thick your prefer your batter. Saheena are perfectly paired with your favourite chutney and some hot pepper... 

Local Crixmart

Local Crixmart
Crixmart, Eastern Main Road Many formerly dingy roadside stalls and stands have, for the past year, been sporting shiny red ‘swag’ thanks to the Bermudez Company, the manufacturers of Crix. Normally I am not a fan of overt corporate branding, but this is one form that I find most pleasing in aesthetic. Maybe because there is something so jaunty about the designs, and the lines of the buildings... 

Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce (recipe)

Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce (recipe)
It’s that time of the month again! .. No, no, that’s not what I meant… I meant it’s time once again for The Happy Sorceress’ monthly Blog Party ! This time around the theme was Tiki Party! Tiki Parties are one of my favourite genres of kitsch. I was attending college when the short-lived big band revival occurred and suddenly everything 50′s was vogue again. I... 

Chicken Cacciatore (recipe)

Chicken Cacciatore (recipe)
Big Night, was a movie that I knew nothing about until becoming aware of it via Joelen’s Culinary Adventures “Foodie Film” event. Warm and poignant the movie centers around the ambitions of two brothers, Italian immigrants to the US, intent on making their dreams of bringing authentic Italian cuisine to the masses a reality. The passion which the main chef ‘Primo’ has... 

Bananas Ripening

Bananas Ripening
This is how we hang bananas bought green, so that they can ripen without developing soft spots from resting on a surface You will know that the banana is ripe when it starts getting spots. I’ve noticed the bananas (and mangoes) in US supermarkets are usually still quite underripe. If it’s not got a good smattering of spots, it’s not ready Tweet  Read More →

Roadside Market Stand

Roadside Market Stand
Roadside Market Stand, Churchill-Roosevelt Highway Tweet  Read More →

‘Raw’ Tomato & Macadamia Mozzarella Linguine (recipe)

'Raw' Tomato & Macadamia Mozzarella Linguine (recipe)
When I first learnt about Chef Spotlight Dinners organised by Joelen of Joelen’s Culinary Event I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to showcase another raw dish and to learn about those chefs who specialise in preparing (and popularizing) raw cuisine. Among the key names that I came across (and whose work really resonated with me) were Chad Sarno, Sarma Melngailis, and Roxanne Klein.... 

Bertram’s Pepper Sauce (redux)

Bertram's Pepper Sauce (redux)
Late last year my father was at it again… making his annual batch of pepper sauce! I am so happy that many of you have made it and enjoyed it. If you haven’t already seen or tried the recipe, you can learn how to make Trini pepper sauce here! Tweet  Read More →

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon (recipe)

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon (recipe)
Originally made to break the Yom Kippur fast last year, this photo (and recipe) for Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs has languished for quite some time in my Drafts folder. Thankfully, Kochtopf’s ‘Smoking Allowed’ event has encouraged me to bring it into the light of day Inspired by a recent No Smoking ban which is taking hold in German restaurants she has encouraged food bloggers... 

Vidalia Onion Fritters (recipe)

Vidalia Onion Fritters (recipe)
I first made these fritters as part of last year’s Sukkot menu. They are much sweeter and lighter than one would expect. And the soaking of the onions in the batter ensures that the onion flavour mellows and evenly distributes. It also makes the onion much softer, so that it almost melts in your mouth. I don’t know about you but I just hate when I bite into an onion ring and the onion...